Music therapy is helpful in rehabilitation for one of the same reasons that it is so useful in early childhood: brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is the brain’s ability to rewire itself. I wrote about this extensively, in the first article in this series, so read that now if you would like a bit more information.
The use of music therapy in rehabilitation has gotten the attention of a variety of professions (such as the medical community), as well as the media, and it’s easy to see why. Rehabilitation is an area of music therapy where results can be dramatic.
Here is a video which shows the application of NMT (Neurologic Music Therapy) to a gait training session with a client who had a stroke:
Another example is the case of Gabby Giffords, who, you may remember, was shot in the head. She sustained significant damage to the left side of her brain, which affected her speech. Here’s a video about her treatment:
Here is Gabby talking after the period of treatment: